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Articles from the November 18, 2021 edition

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Fines cut from ordinance following public outcry

The Borough Assembly passed Ordinance #2021-20 during Wednesday's meeting which amended the previous emergency masking ordinance brought about by the increase of COVID-19 cases in Petersburg. The...

 

Petersburg schools celebrate Veterans Day with parade

Veterans drove by the schools Thursday morning as part of the Veterans Day Parade while students and staff waved flags and cheered them on. Cars lined up on North 5th Street as students assembled in...

 

Elementary and middle schools move to remote learning

Stedman Elementary School and Mitkof Middle school transitioned to remote learning this week due to the rise in COVID-19 cases according to Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter. The elementary school...

 

COVID-19 case count climbs to 84

The Petersburg Medical Center reported 21 additional cases of COVID-19 Wednesday for a total of 84 active cases. 19 cases were cleared by Public Health and 65 new cases have been reported in the past...

 

Yesterday's News

November 18, 1921 There’s been an almost unbelievable rapid growth of the fox fur farming business in Southeastern Alaska since the first permit was issued to Jim York of Juneau in 1914. Petersburg is the center and principal headquarters of this...

 

To the Editor

On the mask mandate To The Editor: I wanted to take a minute to share my thoughts on the proposed emergency mask mandate. I believe at this point, two years into this pandemic, that we are doing more harm than good by trying to universally mandate...

 

Editorial: No personal accountability

The Petersburg Borough Assembly’s attempt to abate a public health crisis in Petersburg Wednesday night went nowhere. Creating an ordinance to bring the rule of law into play failed. With no enforcement there will be little change. Possibly, but...

 

Guest Commentary

There has been a concentrated effort the past few years to develop a long-term solution to the many problems of our ferry system. The effort has been led by the Alaska Department of Transportation. The department has hired several consulting firms...

 

Police report

November 9 — Law enforcement assisted EMS with a person with a breathing problem near Lake St. November 10 — A structure fire was reported near Unimak St. The USCG notified of reported flares near Scow Bay Loop. Officers responded to vehicles...

 

Court report

Nov. 2 – Elizabeth Grace Thomas entered a not guilty plea to charges of taking a sublegal bull moose. Trial was set for Dec. 7. Brayden Irons Hisaw entered a no contest plea to a charge of taking a sublegal bull moose. The court sentenced the...

 

Icy road causes vehicle rollover

A car rolled into a ditch near 10 mile Mitkof Highway at around 8 a.m. Monday due to ice on the road according to Assistant Fire Chief David Berg. The Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, and...

 

PMC slammed by COVID-19 spike

COVID-19 cases continue to rise, impacting the Petersburg Medical Center's staff and operations as the hospital approaches its breaking point. As cases go up, work effort and stress levels among...

 

School Board accepts FY21 audit

The Petersburg School Board met virtually for its regular meeting on November 9 where members listened to a presentation on the audit for the year ending June 30, 2021. Bikky Shrestha from BDO USA, LLP presented a summary of the company’s findings...

 

Clausen Museum celebrates Alaska Natives with new display

The Clausen Museum is displaying the profiles of six Alaska Natives to mark November as Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Clausen Museum Director Cindi Lagoudakis said the profiles...

 

PIA launches subsistence impact program

The Petersburg Indian Association has started a new program to help tribal households whose subsistence harvests have been impacted by COVID-19. According to Tribal Administrator Tracy Welch, the...

 

Petersburg remains with Sitka in final redistricting plan

The Alaska Redistricting Board adopted its final proclamation of redistricting November 10, marking the boundaries that will be used for house districts and senate pairings for the next decade. New...

 

Maestro returns to Petersburg and finds very appreciative audience

A small audience gathered Sunday afternoon, socially distanced in the pews of Petersburg Lutheran Church, to experience the music of concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky. Audience member Susan Erickson...

 

Corroded steel delays Matanuska return by two weeks

WRANGELL — The 58-year-old state ferry Matanuska will spend an additional two weeks in a Ketchikan shipyard so that workers can repair and replace corroded steel discovered below deck. The Kennicott will help cover Southeast during the vessel’s...

 

PHS wrestling battles local competition in Ketchikan

The Petersburg High School wrestling team traveled to Ketchikan last weekend for the Bill Weiss tournament which had students compete in a round robin followed by a tournament. The tournament was the largest in Southeast Alaska behind the regional...

 

PHS volleyball prepares for regional championships

The Petersburg High School Volleyball team has not had it easy this season, but the students are still persevering and preparing for their biggest tournament of the season so far. The team had to cancel its home and away matches last week against...

 
 By Sarah Aslam    News    November 18, 2021

Port and harbors junks the clunkers

WRANGELL —The port and harbors department is Marie Kondo-ing the boatyard. But when tossing out what doesn’t bring joy consists of 10 derelict vessels that include steel, wood and fiberglass boats, the scrapping is a multi-step process. The...

 

Artifact Archive

You may have seen these anchors around town without knowing exactly what they were used for. In 1880, the salmon canning industry expanded their floating fish traps to Southeast Alaska, though...

 

Obituary: Ben (Claud Benjamin) Bishop, 81

Ben (Claud Benjamin) Bishop, as of November 9, 2021, now rests in peace. He was born in Kelso, Washington on December 20, 1939. He served in the Army from 1958-1962 spending time in France and Alaska... Full story

 

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